Chandler Edition - September 2021

CITY& EDUCATION

News from Chandler & Chandler USD

COMPILED BY ALEXA D'ANGELO

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Chandler USDboard votes to stay the coursewith COVID-19plan

Chandler City Council approves electric scooter, bike program CHANDLER Chandler City Council approved a resolution that could bring rentable electric scooters and bicycles to Chandler on Aug. 26. The council unanimously approved a resolution regarding the shared mobility licensing program. The coun- cil previously approved this resolution one year ago, but the coronavirus pandemic resulted in companies being wary, according to the agenda item. The program expired in Decem- ber. City Council also approved an amendment to Chapter 12 of the city code that established parking and operating rules for electric scooters and shared mobility devices. The code amendment remains in effect. The licensing program requires shared mobility companies to obtain an approved license agreement with the city prior to staging and renting devices within city right of way, according to the agenda item.

“I WOULDHOPE THAT PARENTSWOULD BE COGNIZANT OF OTHER CHILDREN ANDOTHER FAMILIES, BECAUSEWHEN THEY MAKE ADECISION NOT TOMASK THEIR CHILD, THEY CANBE IMPACTINGOTHER CHILDREN’S LIVES.” BARB MOZDZEN, CHANDLER USD GOVERNING BOARD PRESIDENT

Chandler names Dawn Lang deputy citymanager “We know that this can change,” Superintendent Frank Narducci said. “We can make those changes as needed ... as we see any rates take a turn.” CHANDLERUSD After nearly two hours of presentations and discussion, the Chandler USD governing board voted 3-2 to not make any changes to the district’s COVID-19 mitigation plan after many school systems across the state implemented mask mandates in August. Board members Lindsay Love and Lara Bruner dissented. The plan calls for 3 feet of social distancing and daily updates on the district’s COVID-19 dashboard, and it strongly recommends masking for teachers, students and staff following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month. CHANDLER Chandler City Manager Josh Wright named Dawn Lang as deputy city manager and chief financial officer for the city. In this new role, Lang will continue to oversee the management services department, and the information technology department and facilities and fleet division will now report to her. “Chandler’s financial management

The special board meeting came after Gov. Doug Ducey issued an exec- utive order preventing local governing bodies from implementing mask mandates Aug. 16 following a ruling from a Maricopa County Superior Court judge stating a law prohibiting mask mandates does not take effect until Sept. 29—90 days after the end of the legislative session. Ducey then announced Aug. 17 the state would offer $163 million in grants to district and charter schools that remain open for in-person instruction—without mask mandates. CUSD Chief Financial Officer Lana Berry told the board that if a mask mandate was implemented, the worst-case scenario could result in the district losing up to $60 million in funding.

CITYHIGHLIGHTS

CHANDLER Chandler City Council approved Aug. 26 a $50,000 contract with Voatz Inc. for a mobile voting pilot program the city will try later this year. CHANDLER Chandler City Council approved Aug. 26 a contract with Lyft for the city’s first mile, last mile program in an amount not to exceed $49,000. The program kicked off in September 2020 as a one-year agreement with Lyft, with four one-year extension options. This partnership program extends the transit reach in south Chandler, where bus service is currently limited, by providing Chandler residents with discounted Lyft trips to and from bus stops south of Pecos Road. Chandler City Council Oct. 11, 6 p.m. 88 E. Chicago St., Chandler 480-782-2181 • www.chandleraz.gov Chandler USD board Oct. 13, 7 p.m. 1525 W. Frye Road, Chandler 480-812-7000 • www.cusd80.com MEETINGSWE COVER

practices and stability have

garnered national recognition as one of the few cities in the nation with AAA bond ratings from all three

SCOOTERS BY THE NUMBERS

18 minimum age to ride 84 million trips on shared micromobility devices in 2018 nationwide

15 MPH top speed $1 to start, $0.15-$0.20 per minute

Dawn Lang

major rating agencies,” Wright said in a news release. “Dawn’s leadership is a major reason Chandler has achieved the fiscal prosperity we enjoy today, and I am excited for her to take on this opportunity. This new role recognizes her responsibilities as our CFO while offering expanded leadership capacity within the city manager’s office.”

SOURCES: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CITY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS, CITY OF CHANDLER/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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CHANDLER EDITION • SEPTEMBER 2021

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